Nerve (website)

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Type of site
Sex, relationships and culture
Available in English
Owner HowAboutWe
Created by Rufus Griscom and Genevieve Field
Editor Peter Smith
Commercial Yes
Launched 1997; 21 years ago (1997)

Nerve or was an American online magazine dedicated to sexual topics, relationships, and culture. Founded by Rufus Griscom and Genevieve Field, Nerve published articles and photography on its website, and several books, in partnership with Chronicle Books and Three Rivers Press. It also hosted blogs, forums, and a section for personal advertisements. Although they originated on Nerve, Nerve Personals eventually became part of a larger network of over 100 websites and print publications.[1]

In 1999, Nerve was nominated for the Webby Award for "Print and Zines" while under the editorship of Jack Murnighan.

In January 2014, Nerve was acquired by HowAboutWe, which was in turn purchased by InterActiveCorp (IAC) less than six months later. [2][3] After a long period without updates, the archives were taken offline on January 9, 2018, and the domain began redirecting to [4]


  1. ^ Wortham, Jenna (December 14, 2011). " Introduces a Hip Dating Site — Again". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Daniel (29 January 2014). "HowAboutWe buys". Fortune. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Isaac, Mike (14 July 2014). ""Digital Love, Consolidated: IAC Buys HowAboutWe Dating Site"". New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Wayback Machine:". Retrieved 19 February 2018.